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Alan Broadbent trio, Trio in Motion

A swinging optimistic start to Trio in Motion on 'Wonder Why,' one of the great jazz pianists showing his interpretative elegance. Alan Broadbent is with his New York Notes trio of bassist Harvie S. and drummer Billy Mintz. Mintz swings hard on …

Published: 1 Oct 2020. Updated: 3 years.

A swinging optimistic start to Trio in Motion on 'Wonder Why,' one of the great jazz pianists showing his interpretative elegance. Alan Broadbent is with his New York Notes trio of bassist Harvie S. and drummer Billy Mintz.

Mintz swings hard on 'Lennie's Pennies' and Harvie S. thumps out his line. It is pretty effective and gives the trio almost a graphic edge. 'Struttin' with Some Barbecue' has a lovely sunny feel once again and sense it on this record that Broadbent is content and happy without being too sentimental or wallowing in the past. The record speaks not of the typically contemporary jazz of 2020 by any means, however, so you might think wrongly that it sounds too much of an overbearing period piece. It is true regardless that Broadbent can see a long way down the road.

Far more ''American sounding'' than some albums that hail from America, if you are into George Shearing you will like this record even if Broadbent has a different sound to the Battersea master that collects together a number of approaches and patches them like a beautifully decorative quilt. A little Erroll Garner, although some might say Dave Brubeck's influence is in there too, certainly on the Paul Desmond tune 'Late Lament', is evident.

Into the blue Broadbent knows the trick of making laughter sound like crying. He somehow communes with past masters like dancers in the dark, Broadbent long ago became his own man and his arranging is as well known, even more so, than all this immaculate playing. It's glass half full, and a pleasure to imbibe. Out now on Savant.

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#IAMWARRIOR commissions to be premiered

Part of Black History Month the Soon Come Ensemble with Camilla George, Mark Kavuma and Cherise are to play a socially distanced show on Friday 23 October. It's Tomorrow's Warriors first club gig since lockdown. Their fundraising I Am Warrior …

Published: 1 Oct 2020. Updated: 3 years.

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Part of Black History Month the Soon Come Ensemble with Camilla George, Mark Kavuma and Cherise are to play a socially distanced show on Friday 23 October. It's Tomorrow's Warriors first club gig since lockdown. Their fundraising I Am Warrior campaign began in August. A fourth piece by Femi Koleoso of the Ezra Collective the new Soon Come Ensemble will also perform. Soon Come are: Sultan Stevenson (keys/musical director), Menelik Claffey (bass), Cassius Cobbson (drums), saxophonists Donovan Haffner, Maddy Coombs and Allexa Nava, singers Cara Crosby-Irons and Loucin Moskofian.

Gary Crosby, artistic director of Tomorrow's Warriors says: ''Black lives have always mattered at Tomorrow’s Warriors and we celebrate and support black music culture  and the rich cultural heritage of jazz. We call on all those who love and value music to support our #IAMWARRIOR annual appeal and continue making a difference to the lives of the next generation of under-represented young people coming through our programme, through COVID and beyond." The gig is at the Jazz Cafe in London's Camden Town, a venue that represents a deep place in Tomorrow's Warriors history. Tickets

Camilla George, pictured.